Dairy UK said the industry could become more ’resilient, competitive and profitable’
The UK dairy industry could become more ’resilient, competitive and profitable’ and strengthen its position in the global market if the correct steps are taken post-Brexit.
Speaking at a breakfast seminar with leading politicians in London last week, Dairy UK set out its path to global success, stressing exports were a crucial part of developing and strengthening the dairy industry.
Its key asks for a post-brexit farming policy were detailed in a briefing document – Brexit and the Future of Dairy Exports – handed to MPs.
Dr Judith Bryans, chief executive of Dairy UK, said: "With global demand for dairy expected to grow by around 2 per cent per annum over the next 10 years, the UK has a unique opportunity to step up, unlock new markets and increase dairy exports across the globe."
The document said the industry needed uninterrupted access to the EU market as 80 per cent of dairy exports went to EU countries, adding ’clarifying our relationship with the EU must be an utmost priority’.
It also highlighted the importance of current trade deals with countries such as the US, Australia and China, as well as negotiating new free trade agreements.
Avoiding border issues in Ireland was also highlighted as much of Northern Ireland’s dairy processing capacity is owned by Republic of Ireland co-operatives and Dairy UK suggested removing free movement of raw milk, product and staff could threaten the sustainability of the Northern Irish dairy industry.
The document also said the Government needed to work alongside the industry and put dairy ’at the heart’ of its promotional efforts.
Neil Parish MP, chairman of the Environment, Food and Rurak Affairs Select Committee, said: "As a life-long champion of the UK dairy industry, I am anxious to protect its interests.
"The food and farming sector must make itself heard and I welcome Dairy UK’s initiative to showcase the industry’s achievements in dairy exports and to highlight what we can and must do to support it in the coming years."